Everything we do is difficult at first, before it eventually will get easy.
It becomes easy when we practice a lot, and when we are persistent, and just keep going (no matter what).
That’s how I write, and it’s how I focus on creativity.
My kids are the most creative people I know. I think I understand what’s happening, and then I turn around… Every time there’s silence, I understand that there’s a creative process going on.
My youngest son told me about his latest idea. I smiled and said that it was interesting, and that he could probably do it. But, I really didn’t want him to climb the tree and jump from it to the trampoline.
He is two years old.
It’s not that I didn’t want to say that it was a bad idea, it was more that I didn’t want him to do anything about it. I didn’t want him to keep thinking about it. I wanted to distract him.
I usually don’t say no. I want to encourage creativity.
This is why I’m saying yes. I am saying yes every time I see an opportunity to do something completely different in business. Like I said, I’m doing it because I believe that by practicing it a lot eventually will turn me into a creative machine.
Today I’ve been with Double Edge Theatre from Boston (US). They’re currently living and performing in Halden, the town where I live.
Taking some time off, being with professional creative people, made me realize some important things about creativity.
5 amazing tricks to be creative and stay creative
There are many ways to be creative, and there are probably many methods you can use to stay creative. But, being with Double Edge Theatre today made me realize that there are five amazing tricks that we all could start doing today.
#1 – practice every day
I started writing that everything we do is difficult at first, before it eventually will get easy. This is true with creativity as well.
You might believe that you’re not creative and that you’ll never come up with new and impressive ideas. But, what do you think will happen if you decide to practice to think differently every day.
For instance, don’t go to bed until you’ve written down 10 new ideas every day. If you keep doing something like this, you’ll be training your mind (like a muscle) and eventually being creative won’t be difficult anymore.
#2 – be outside
We started out walking, then some slow running, but mostly walking. We were outside; it was fairly windy, not much rain, but some.
When you walk (or run), I’m not sure why or what’s happening to the body and the mind, but it feels less stressful and less tension; less pressure than when I’m inside.
#3 – focus on the process
You should always have a goal in mind, and it’s great if you have a plan on how to measure success. But, instead of just focusing on your goal and the methods you’re using; look at the details of what you’re doing now.
Don’t time travel. Stop thinking about the past. Stop thinking about the future. Live and breath now. When you look at what you’re doing right now, and what’s happening around you (right now), you’ll have a better understanding of how you can provide something new and different that’s worth doing.
#4 – see and listen
I don’t talk much. I mostly write. But, being creative is often about seeing and listening to the details. As we were walking outside at the fortress, the same place as the Vegetarian festival, I discovered a seagul.
It was nothing specific about the seagul, other than that it was there, in the sky, just above me while we where walking. I looked at it, and I’m sure it was looking back at me. That’s it. It felt good.
I believe that in order to think differently, we need to consume something different and we need to be in a different environment without trying to control it (by speaking and writing).
#5 – people inspire people
I love animals, and that’s why I’m a vegetarian. I really enjoy walking and being alone in nature, but I understand the power of people.
I feel creative when I’m with creative people and I feel creative when I’m with people who are positive and people who are inspiring me. That’s exactly what happened when I was with Double Edge Theatre.
They are different, and being around people who are different makes me different. It makes me think differently.
Everything is connected
Everything we do is difficult at first, before it eventually will get easy. It’s the same with creativity. It’s a muscle that needs practice. The more you train it, the stronger it’ll be.
I believe that there’s not just one approach to anything and that most of the time, we need to find what works for us as individuals. What works for other people might not be right for you.
But, there’s one thing about creativity that trumps everything. Yes, it trumps everything.
If you’re living a happy life with not worries, you’re better set for creativity.